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Cobb, Rays blank Porcello, Red Sox, 1-0

Cobb, Rays blank Porcello, Red Sox, 1-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays made the most of a replay reversal. Alex Cobb led the way.

Cobb pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Rays beat Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox 1-0 on Saturday.

"Their guy was outstanding," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said, "our guy was just a tick better."

Cobb (7-6) retired 11 straight over one stretch. Alex Colome got the final four outs for his 24th save.

The Red Sox put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth. Hanley Ramirez then struck out swinging. After rookie Andrew Benintendi was walked intentionally, Chris Young popped out to end the game.

"A great game," said Mookie Betts, who had one of Boston's three hits. "You can't ask for a better pitchers' duel."

Porcello (4-11) became the majors' first 11-game loser despite pitching a gem. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked none in his first complete game of the season.

"There's a lot that's out of your control as far as wins and losses go," said Porcello, who was 11-2 at the All-Star break a year ago. "I've just got to go out there and give us a chance to win every fifth day, and we're going to win a lot more games than we're going to lose."

Jesus Sucre drove in the game's only run with a sacrifice fly in the second after singles by Steven Souza Jr., and Brad Miller.

The inning was kept alive by a replay reversal of a double-play call. A 94-second review determined Adeiny Hechavarria had beaten Dustin Pedroia's throw to first base. Porcello then hit Shane Peterson with a pitch before Sucre hit a fly ball to center, driving in Souza.

"A bang-bang play at first that they overturned to give them an extra out, and the sacrifice fly, otherwise that's the end of an inning," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "So unfortunately the way things have gone for Rick, he pitches well and yet we come up on the short end offensively."

Xander Bogaerts beat out an infield chopper in the first, Betts singled to center in the third and Mitch Moreland doubled in the ninth for Boston's only hits.

Mallex Smith had two of Tampa Bay's six hits, including a two-out triple in the seventh.

The win got the Rays within 4 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Red Sox with one game left before the All-Star break.

"When you're walking off the mound you feel like that was just cool to be part of it," Cobb said. "The magnitude of it being the Red Sox and going into the All-Star break and us being in and out of the wild card - all those factors come into play when you think about tonight."

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”